You Can Now Stream the Restored Classic A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino for Free
As well as Mike de Leon's Citizen Jake!
(SPOT.ph) Any certified Pinoy movie buff would have Lamberto Javellana's A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino on their must-watch list. It is, after all, based on the well-known play of National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin. After the film's release in 1965, it was restored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Mike de Leon (whose father served as a producer of the film) in 2014. Now, it's one of the new films you can stream on iflix FREE.
A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino follows the story of how sisters Paula and Candida struggle with trying to make ends meet. Their painter-father, Don Lorenzo, has been struggling to create art and thus, cannot provide enough for his family. Their sister Pepang and brother Manolo talk about selling their ancestral home to earn money. In the meantime, they also accept a boarder named Tony Javier, to help pay for their expenses. This story is also the inspiration behind 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival movie-musical, Ang Larawan.
Aside from A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, de Leon's Citizen Jake and short film Kangkungan are also available for streaming as well. Citizen Jake follows the story of journalist Jake Herrera (Atom Araullo), who investigates a murder that his political family might have something to do with. Kangkungan, on the other hand, is a chilling plea to the FIlipino youth about the future of the Philippines.